Today there are definitely concerns over the elderly and their growing health issues. But doesn’t it seem odd that so little concern is placed on way to keep the mind alert, healthy and active? Many, many people are effected by the age-related dementia. These numbers will certainly rise as the baby-boomers continue to age.
Two women entrepreneurs have developed a board game made especially for stimulating our mental ability. Part of this game is to stimulate communication and socialization with elders. In one study, scores were taken before the project and after and each one shows measurable raise in happiness levels. Creativity scores and well-being were higher also so it is now thought that there is a link between life satisfaction and creativity. The board game called Bingo is considered passive but to be active you must brainstorm.
Crossword puzzles as well as checkers do nothing to generate creative thinking but brainstorming common words will certainly stretch the brain, in a way like calisthenics. Flexible thinking will help everyone to come up with options when faced with decision making. Just as our body parts weaken with non-use, it is the same with our brains.